On Friday Emergency Management agencies in the Basin warned of the likelihood of flooding due to increased spring runoff as the temperatures rise in the basin. With daytime highs expected to be in the high 70s to mid-80s throughout the week and reach 86 degrees on Thursday.
"We have known about the risk of flooding for months and actively warned resident, encouraging them to be prepared," Tal Ehlers of Uintah County Emergency Management said. "Wednesday and Thursday of this week are the days we are most concerned about.
The warning was posted in the Uintah County Emergency Management Facebook page in response to information provided by the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
The notice encourages residents to be vigilant and prepare for lowland flooding. Be prepared to move people, equipment, and livestock if you live in an at-risk area along the Duchesne, Green, or White Rivers as described in this notice.
May 31, 2019, Hydrologic Outlook Uintah Co-National Weather Service, Grand Junction, CO.
• Upper elevation snowpack is well above normal for this time of year • High elevation Modeled snow is higher than normal • Temperatures will start to warm today and reach above normal this weekend. • Streamflow will start to increase today into the weekend and remain high for many sites through next week. • SOME LOWLAND FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED ALONG THE DUCHESNE, GREEN, AND WHITE RIVERS • Small creeks and streams will run high and near Bankfull.
"In a response capacity for the protection of personal residences, in an actual flooding situation, the county is able to assist with sandbags," Ehlers said.
All residents residing in at-risk areas are urged to prepare for potential flooding. Those with questions are encouraged to contact local emergency management offices, at 435-781-5466 (Uintah), 435-738-1181 (Duchesne), and 435-659-0195 (Daggett).